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… and of course, I should know given I am now a fully fledged member of the sad-old-bastard-ride-to-work club, thanks to my new bike – which I recently discovered looked pretty similar to the last bike I owned – which was almost thirty years ago!!!
And yes, I am saying the driving standard here is bad. That might sound a terribly bad thing to say, but it is sadly true. Not for everyone of course, but every day you hit the road, you will pretty much see something that Hollywood would like to feature in one of their bad movies.
There are reasons for it though.
You see, apart from the fact that car ownership is relatively new here so the frame of reference for personal transportation is a bike – hence people try and squeeze Hummers through the gap a moped would find it difficult to get through – there is no ‘letter of the law’ for driving here, so the ability to “explain away” an accident is so high, people don’t feel there are many consequences to bad driving.
Though of course, they don’t think it’s bad driving, it’s just driving.
Then there’s the whole cultural thing of ‘not letting someone get ahead of you’ which is psychologically deep rooted to a time where the difference between first and second could be life and death – not from a metaphorical point of view, but literally.
So all in all, there are many reasons for it, which is much better than the driving I see in Italy. Hell, I’m half Italian and every time I’m in Rome, I have a minor meltdown whenever I have to either  drive or  cross the road.
Anyway, now I’ve pissed on the driving skills of two great, historical nations, I think I’d better go however from now on, I wish to be known as Evel Knievel 2.0 … though prejudiced prick might be more appropriate.
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